Pannell, Claire L, Gray, A, Zalasiewicz, J A, Branney, M J and Curry, J B (2011) Pleistocene forest on Tenerife's southern coast, a case study of Montaña Negra. Journal of Quaternary Science, 26 (5). pp. 485-490. ISSN 0267-8179

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Montaña Negra is a 121 m cinder cone in the Bandas del Sur region of southern Tenerife. Formed in the Middle Pleistocene, it comprises alternating phonolitic pumice deposits and scoria layers; the latter are extremely fossiliferous with good taphonomical fidelity. 40Ar/39Ar age determination provides new dates of 302 ± 7.6 ka and 299.9 ± 11.4 ka for the Lower and Upper Aldea Blanca pumice fall deposits, respectively. This chronological constraint allows comparison of the palaeo-habitat with the global climate at the time of pyroclastic activity. Abundant terrestrial gastropod species and rare disarticulated Coleoptera fragments are to be found. The occurrence of the endemic semi-slug genus Plutonia (Family Vitrinidae) is significant in indicating a woodland habitat in the region during the Middle Pleistocene. We suggest that this may have been forest, possibly dominated by laurel, which is in stark contrast to the present-day semi-desert

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q Science > QK Botany
Theme: Understanding the natural world
Department: Natural Sciences
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Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2011 12:24
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2016 09:28

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